Caring for Aging Parents: Dealing with Family Member & Family Matters

This session will address how to communicate and draw boundaries with various people in your close circle who are involved in or support you (or not!) you with your care giving role. This might be siblings, spouses, partners, children/grandchildren, parents and any other family or friends. The care giving role can range from merely writing checks to having a parent live in your home with you. Oftentimes "old" family issues re-emerge when care giving begins or reaches a particular stage. Sibling rivalry, personality differences, or long-term hurts can get in the way of everyone being able to offer their best (within each person's limits) to ensure your family member receives the best care from all.  Program participants will:

  • Learn skills to communicate needs, boundaries, feelings, acceptance of others (specific language provided on handout)
  • Discuss steps on a path to acceptance of your own personal limits and those of others involved in care giving.
  • Understand how to prioritize needs, communicate clearly, and not be a “hero.”

 When:            Monday, November 17, 12:40—2:00 PM

Where:            Orinda, SODA Center

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenter:       Mary McCall, Faculty Member

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